Friday, April 13, 2012

Weekend watchdog

After six months, we've sent 14 NHL teams home. The rest have begun their quests for the Stanley Cup.
The NHL playoffs started Wednesday, and continue through the weekend on NBC, CNBC and NBC Sports Network.
Detroit heads to Nashville Friday at 7:30 p.m. on CNBC, while NBC Sports network has a doubleheader - Game 2 of the Flyers-Penguins at 7:30 p.m. followed by the Kings at Canucks.
The Capitals face Boston in the second game of their series Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC.
In primetime, CNBC has San Jose-St. Louis at 7:30 p.m. Over on NBC Sports Network, it's Game 2 of Ottawa against New York at 7 p.m. before Chicago plays Phoenix in the nightcap.
NBC offers a doubleheader Sunday - Nashville vs. Detroit at noon before the Flyers-Pengiuns series heads to Philadelphia. NBC Sports network has the second game of New Jersey-Florida at 7:30 p.m., then Vancouver takes on Los Angeles for Game 3 with the Kings.
The Nationals opened their home season against Cincinnati Thursday, and the rest of the series moves to MASN2. The Orioles travel to Toronto for a weekend series on MASN.
It's the 100th anniversary of the opening of Fenway Park, and the Red Sox take on Tampa Bay Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on TBS. Fox offers three choices Saturday at 1 p.m. - Angels against Yankees, Rangers-Twins and Cubs at Cardinals - and ESPN offers the Angels at Yankees Sunday at 8 p.m.
The PGA tour heads to Hilton Head this weekend, with the Heritage on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
NASCAR returns to the track in Texas, with the Samsung 500 Saturday at 7 p.m. on FOX. The Nationwide racers go Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Indy Car racers are at Long Beach, taking the flag Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The American LeMans Series is also in Long Beach, racing Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
ABC's Sunday doubleheader starts at 1 p.m. with the Heat taking on the Knicks, then the Mavericks face the Lakers at 3:30 p.m. Friday, ESPN starts its night at 8 p.m. with the Suns visiting the Rockets. Dallas heads to Portland at 10:30 p.m. Saturday at 9 p.m., the Suns take on the Spurs.
The Wizards travel to New York Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast. Saturday, the Cavaliers visit the Verizon Center at 7 p.m.
For your younger basketball players, the 2012 Jordan Brand Classic is Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
D.C. United travels to New England Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. on Comcast-plus, while Columbus travels to Philadelphia Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
There's ACC baseball Saturday on Comcast, with North Carolina State taking on Clemson at 1 p.m. Sunday at 1 p.m., Florida International faces on Louisiana-Lafayette in a Sun Belt contest. ESPN2 shows Alabama against LSU Sunday at 1 p.m.
In SEC softball, LSU meets Tennessee on ESPN Saturday at noon and Sunday at 4 p.m.
For bowling fans, the PBA tournament of champions airs Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN. The NCAA women's bowling championship follows at 2:30 p.m.

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